Wednesday, February 08, 2006

Community of Communities

Stephen Harper has raised the prospect of Quebec being given a "transition period" while Harper slowly takes apart what Ken Dryden would have you believe is a national child care program. This raises a very important question:

"Why is it that the province with the fewest strings in their child care agreement needs the most time to transition to the new system?"

Enquiring minds want to know...

16 Comments:

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    By Blogger pale, at 1:34 PM  

  • Probably because Quebec is the only province with actual daycare spaces in this context - the other provinces have NOT created any spaces yet.

    In the article you linked to: "All three provinces signed five-year funding deals, but they allow either side to opt out with 12 months' written notice."

    By Blogger pale, at 1:36 PM  

  • This just in.

    May 5, 2006.

    That's our chance to start fresh in this great Liberal Party of ours. LPC(O) has called their AGM for that weekend in Toronto.

    For those of you that do not know how or where to get involved or how to become a delegate, I think you should email me immediately. If you want your voices heard, than there is no time like the present my friends.

    Let's stop "talking" about the process. Let's be a part of the process. This is our first "BIG" step on the road to recovery.


    Hey, but what do I know.

    The What Do I Know Grit

    By Blogger James Curran, at 1:52 PM  

  • pale; But Quebec had a system in place before the Liberal plan. I don't think they've actually changed their system since geting the cheque from Ottawa.

    By Blogger calgarygrit, at 2:19 PM  

  • What I think is that all these damn Liberal/Left wing groups think that its the government (their fellow tax payer) to take care of thier kidss. Its ridiculous.

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 2:58 PM  

  • Ah. No. We would like more spaces for daycare so that we can go out and work and pay more taxes to cover that trillion dollar debt that the Economist Harper is about to put us into with his new debt...oops finance minister Billyjojimbob Flaherty. Ask Ontarians. We know.

    The What Do I know Grit.

    By Blogger James Curran, at 3:20 PM  

  • Is that really the best you have WDIKG? I thought Goodale's "black hole theory" was thoroughly discredited last time, remember, when he said the budget was really tight, at best a $1.9B surplus? And then we found he was just dyslexic and the number was really $9.1B? I prefer Harper's idea, whereby we get to choose what to do with our money instead of subsidizing urban, upper middle class Lib voters in their chosen lifestyle.

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 3:34 PM  

  • Seriously, since when is BABYSITTING a government responsibility.

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 3:34 PM  

  • IMHO Harper will have to back off on his child care plan. With all the money that has already been invested in the program and with its support from the Premiers (some are already "drawing a line in the sand") and the majority of MPs - I personally think that a version of the Ken Dryden scenario will eventually rule the day. Harper will probably have to do like Bush had to do with Social Security and "back off".

    By Blogger JD, at 3:40 PM  

  • My chosen lifestyle is to provide jobs for fellow Canadians in running my own company. 2 actually. As a single father of 2, jerk, who doesn't have the balls to blog under a name, i really don't think that $100 buck a month for each child under 6 is going to help me when my kids are seven in nine. Get asshole. Even kids over 6 need some kind of care. Don't EVER talk about Liberal lifestyle for HARDWORKING Canadians. Get it shit for brains. If your kid is over six, you get no money!
    The only Black Hole is in your head.
    Sorry Bart. Had to vent

    The What Do I Know Grit

    By Blogger James Curran, at 12:03 AM  

  • James,

    I don't support Harper's daycare plan at all, I'd prefer a 1% personal tax cut instead that would cost $4-5 billion and on average gives an individual earning $30,000 another $300 a year.

    Flaherty never ran a deficit in Ontario. Eves did and that was because govt. receipts are higher at the end of the fiscal year than the beginning and he was voted out in October.

    Cutting small business, corporate, and personal taxes so individuals like YOU have more money in your pocket to spend on daycare is the best way to go.

    Having govts. run daycares is rather like govts. running steel mills or Indian reservations. I think we know the result.

    If your kids are 7 and 9, maybe they should go to SCHOOL.

    Oh and I'm a scary bible-thumping, right-wing economics student.

    Choose Your Canada!

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 8:48 AM  

  • My children obviously got to school big brain. But as a single parent, and there are a few in Canada, it would be nice to have more spots available between the hours of 330 when I pick them up and 600. I'm lucky in the fact that I have a giant support team in the way of family. What I said was we need more childcare spaces. Yes, a personal income tax break would be lovely....especially if you qualify. Those making over 35K a year and under 100k probably won't...cause they are the largest group of people.

    Flaherty brokered the deal to sell off the 407 to private interest. How much do you figure that would have brought the gov't of Ontario in on revenues each year? Right now? almost as much as they sold it off for. Yeah. He's a smart cookie. Like I said on my blog. I don't have a degree. But I sure can count.

    By Blogger James Curran, at 9:06 AM  

  • James,

    Across the board means a lot of people, ie. anyone earning over the personal exemption amount of $9,184.

    For McGill students like me who do summer work and less than that, the Conservative GST cut is all we get back. It's a good $40-50 a year on $4,000-5,000 of groceries.

    The Liberal tuition plan to cut tuition fees is an accounting gimmick and costs nothing because we all know that it just knocks down the amount you're supposed to pay at the end of the year which has the knock-on effect of causing the school to cut my student loans. It leaves me worse off, not better. See Paul Wells's blog.

    Rich students pay benefit, I pay exactly the same if not more.

    I think you should be really happy about the Conservative capital tax deferment which on a business with $200,000 in capital allows you to keep 1/3 of that or $66,000 invested in the stock market that would ordinarily go to the taxman.

    Think about that James, you can put $66,000 in the stockmarket on which you're likely to earn at least 2% per year. That pays for a lot of daycare.

    Oh, and if McSquinty had been in charge instead of Flaherty, you think there would be a 407?

    No, because only evil Conservatives and capitalists put up the money to build start construction on the damn thing in the first place.

    Think about that every time you drive down the 401. How much more congested would Toronto be if the 407 had never been built? The Liberals and NDP actually voted against building it for urban, greenery nonsense reasons.

    Choose Your Canada.

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 9:50 AM  

  • Yeah. Cause the average Canadian even has stocks. That's right up there with Garth Turner's "you got to be nuts if you don't have Nortel in your portfolio." Thank God he's a new MP for the forces of evil.

    The What Do I know Grit

    By Blogger James Curran, at 12:33 PM  

  • James,

    Every Canadian who's worked a day in his life owns stocks.

    It's called the CANADA PENSION PLAN.

    Choose Your Canada!

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 1:04 PM  

  • Ah, there's nothing like Conservative revisionism, something we've gotten a lot lately. Now we have Anonymous suggesting that the 407 was initiated by the Harris government. (They certainly were responsible for privatizing it.) That's funny. I used to live in Thornhill, just south of the 407, and I distinctly remember that it was under construction well before its opening in 1997. That is, it was being built just as the Tories took office. In fact, I can recall that they were responsible for downloading road maintenance to municipalities, starving GO transit and the TTC, and helped ensure that much needed subway expansions in Toronto were stopped.

    Yes, those Harris has-beens have a wonderful legacy.

    By Blogger Josh Gould, at 6:58 PM  

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